Brian Wilkinson, CEO of GBCSA
Green building accelerates in Africa

With office buildings in Rwanda and Namibia both receiving 6-Star Green Star ratings, certified by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), green building is gaining rapid momentum in Africa.

20 hours ago

Energy-efficient firing method for brick-making industry
Energy-efficient firing method for brick-making industry

Langkloof Bricks in Jeffreys Bay currently burns waste tyres at 1200°C, to dry the clay bricks. Thereafter, the bricks are fired with coal in the Vertical Shaft Brick Kilns (VSBKs). Langkloof Bricks currently receive about 25,000 tyres from the Recycling and Economic Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) per month. REDISA supplies the tyres at no cost to Langkloof Bricks, who is paid a subsidy for every tonne processed.

21 hours ago

Rethinking the central plant for greater efficiency
Rethinking the central plant for greater efficiency

Almost 40% of the power required to run a building is consumed in one place: the central chilled water plant. A 20-60% saving in this energy use can be achieved by operating a facility's central plant - the chiller, the air handling units, and the terminal units - as a single, integrated system rather than a collection of independent components and controls. At the intersection of mechanical systems and networks, new solutions are emerging to make continuous dynamic optimisation of central plant systems a reality.

By Neil Cameron 3 days ago

Success of engineering projects shaped with risk resolution in mind
Success of engineering projects shaped with risk resolution in mind

Managing risk and promoting safety is paramount in engineering practice. Successful projects are not selected but shaped with risk resolution in mind.

By Alvin Dye 3 days ago

ArcelorMittal's Saldanha plant to keep running
ArcelorMittal's Saldanha plant to keep running

ArcelorMittal SA fears a disaster for the country if the primary steel industry collapses, as the sector underpins national economic growth and social development.

By Mark Allix 3 days ago

Construction company Esor returns to profit
Construction company Esor returns to profit

Construction company Esor returned to profit in the year to end-February, it reported on Thursday, 26 May.

3 days ago

Durban's Point Precinct gets contemporary building
Durban's Point Precinct gets contemporary building

The first new building in Mahatma Gandhi Road (Point Rd) in decades, the R80m new Lion Match Company head office includes a five storey, 5,000m² mixed-use development made up of a 2000m² distribution warehouse, corporate offices, retail space and covered parking.

26 May 2016

Credit: RMIT University
Cigarette butt bricks burn away pollution

Researchers have found a way to cut down global littering by incorporating cigarette butts into 2.5% of the world's annual brick production.

By Jamie Matroos 26 May 2016

Eskom forges ahead with maintenance plan
Eskom forges ahead with maintenance plan

Eskom is progressing well with the maintenance of its power generation plant, it said on Wednesday, 25 May.

26 May 2016

Transforming Cape Town's CBD
Transforming Cape Town's CBD

Property investment is one of the biggest game changers transforming the Cape Town Central City...

25 May 2016

Building smarter, better malls
Building smarter, better malls

Since The Mall of Africa, South Africa's biggest single-phase shopping mall development, opened its doors on 28 April, it has dominated social media chat lately, as much for its promise as its problems. Is it the mall built for the future like some say? My colleagues who have been brave enough to venture forth tell me that it is well-designed, but otherwise unremarkable from an innovation perspective.

By Lee Naik 25 May 2016

Off-grid solar solutions bring electricity to rural areas
Off-grid solar solutions bring electricity to rural areas

The private sector is leapfrogging inefficient state-owned power utilities in Africa to deliver electricity to rural communities, according to a report by consulting firm PwC released on Monday, 23 May.

By Charlotte Mathews 25 May 2016

Christian Benimana: Architects don't have to be local to think local
Christian Benimana: Architects don't have to be local to think local

Rwandan architect Christian Benimana believes that the built environment should catalyse positive systemic change.

By Katie de Klee 25 May 2016